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Randy Sutton is a 33-year law enforcement veteran, a trainer, and the national spokesman for The American Council on Public Safety. He served 10 years with the Princeton (N.J.) Police Department and 23 years with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, retiring at the rank of lieutenant. He is an author who has published multiple books on law enforcement.
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Surfing the Criminal Mind

Enemy Websites can give you valuable intel on how the bad guys think and what they know about police operations.

October 25, 2007  |  by - Also by this author

When asked why he read Cosmo, a man I respected explained that you had to know what the enemy was thinking. The following Websites may not have obvious appeal for the street cop, but you ignore them at your own peril.

There’s no shortage of Internet sites whose singular purpose is to undermine the efforts of law enforcement. Some are little more than forums where people who perceive themselves as being picked on by cops can pitch a bitch about our peers. Other sites may revolve around narcotics, show new and improved ways to commit crimes, or lay out ways for sympathizers to circumvent detection by law enforcement personnel. But by identifying where to hide their stuff, how to camouflage their habits, and alerting others to our own boneheaded mistakes, these Websites actually avail us a preemptive checklist for how to stay one step ahead of them.

Let’s take a look at some of the more anti-cop and criminally oriented sites.

Fourth Amendment Issues
This site gives a pretty good outline of the legal parameters that officers operate under when it comes to search and seizure. It also gives generally good counsel on what rights property owners have when it comes to suppress motion appeals.

DUI Defenses
This is an excellent page for defense attorneys and for cops. It lays out any number of mitigating factors to explain away DUI severity as well as how to mount a viable defense motion on vulnerable DUI cases.

Dope Concealment
A collateral benefit of perusing these sites is that they offer some really amusing pothead exchanges. If you like Cheech and Chong, you’ll really enjoy reading what these idiots have to say.

Traffic Offenses
Moderated by a retired cop, this site teaches people how to get away with speeding.

Malicious Mischief
Catering to otherwise unimaginative adolescents and anarchists, this site offers advice on all manner of crimes, including explosives, picking locks, and how to pull off various scams.

Watching the Detectives
This site is dedicated to providing information about undercover operations and how to avoid being arrested by undercover officers. Sample content: “The Top Ten Signs You’re Being Set up By an Undercover Cop.”
This site offers a worm’s eye view of law enforcement. Pretty much lets you know the latest spins on everything cop-wise.

These last two sites offer guides on “How to Spot a Narc.” The content is solid and offers some valid pointers. This is good counter-counter-intel.

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kennyusmc1 @ 10/28/2007 11:44 AM

Do people really believe copwatch is entirely bad ? As a law enforcement officer you should always operate on the reasonable scale and totality of circumstances as a tool, and be able to articulate why you did what you did, often copwatch posts situation where a reasonable officer is operating beyond the tools we are given, and clearly into the realm of a bivens or 1983. The camera itself only catches what it sees, so think about when make your contacts you should always think it is the perception of the public that will view you , but it is the reasonable officer standard that you would be evaluated against.

sonya @ 2/2/2009 3:51 PM

I found some excellent resources on DUI Defenses at <a href=""></a>. There is a lot of insight as to what the lawyers are thinking on their blog as well. It's a good place to read their thoughts on various issues.

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